When it comes to wristwatches, Rolex is the manufacturer known as “the crown”, but the queen of fitness is American model Jen Selter. With over 12 million followers on Instagram, Selter took the world by storm with the “Seltering” pose trend and became widely known for having “the best butt on Instagram”. But to get such a posterior it takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and if a watch were to undergo her rigorous fitness regimen it would need to be a highly robust wear. Throughout her posts on social media it becomes very clear that Selter is a one watch gal, and she aptly relies on the robust elegance of a Rolex Datejust 36 ref. 126233.
Robust elegance is a phrase, that admittedly I use quite often, to describe a watch that excels in versatility through its form and function. Walking a fine line between dressy and sporty, the Rolex Datejust 36 is arguably the flagship model that embodies the term. Are there diamonds on the dial? Yes. Is the Jubilee bracelet more formal than the three-link Oyster? Absolutely. But to be fair, those who truly appreciate Rolex watches do not simply buy one for the powerhouse name on the dial – but what it represents in regard to manufacturing standards and processes.
To some it may seem absolutely nuts to wear such an expensive timepiece while engaging in rigorous activity and exercise, but there is a reason why Rolex has claimed in past advertisements that their watches take a year to make. These pieces undergo serious testing before the leave the factory, each watch checked and regulated for superlative accuracy, water-resistance, and shock resistance. Each of the watches undergo Spartan-like training, enduring over 20 different drop tests before they leave the factory and head off around the world to a customer’s wrist.
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Rolex explains: “The most severe homologation test is the bélier, tellingly named after the ram. This exclusive shock-testing equipment submits the watch to an impact equivalent to 5,000 G – hundreds of times more than a car crash test. Yet the watch has to remain unharmed and fully functional afterwards, maintaining the highest real-life standards of accuracy and appearance befitting of a Rolex.” With that in mind, it perhaps seems less crazy that Jen would strap her trusted Dajetust 36 to her wrist while hitting the tennis court or performing weighted squats.
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Her ref. 126233 is executed in two tone Yellow Rolesor, offering up highly robust 904L stainless steel with accents of elegant yellow gold to the bezel, bracelet, crown, and dial hands and markers. I personally love that she abides with the widely held golden rule of having a fluted bezel paired with a Jubilee bracelet (whereas smooth bezel should be paired with Oyster bracelets). Some celebrities are known to go a bit crazy with diamonds, but here Selter prefers the subtle approach with a hint of bling incorporated into each hour index. Safely beneath a sapphire crystal and robust Oyster case, the added flair of the diamonds is completely protected within the watch and suited to her lifestyle.
Jen Selter’s Datejust 36 makes two things very clear. First, you can never go wrong with a Datejust and its timeless aesthetic – it looks fantastic on anyone in any situation. Second, a watch that meets the criteria of “robust elegance” is always a perfect benchmark when picking a “one watch” for your wrist. The versatile form and function of a timepiece that is both robust and elegant ensures that it can accompany your wardrobe in near limitless scenarios and environments, ensuring you truly get your monies worth from your watch. She may very well be the queen of fitness, but she happily refuses to make her watch a safe queen.